A teenager from Rathfern is hoping to be crowned Ultimate Beauty Of The World at the prestigious pageant next year.
Katlyn Irvine, who currently holds the title of the Ultimate Beauty Of Co Antrim, will be competing in the 2017 finals at the Culloden Estate and Spa in April.
Between now and the finals, the former Monkstown Community School pupil is raising funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Speaking to the Times, 17-year-old Katlyn said: “I wanted to raise funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation because in the Ultimate Beauty Of The World we are all about making everyone’s wishes come true and making everyone feel like a beauty queen.”
Katlyn, who is studying sport at Northern Regional College, will be conducting a sponsored walk on Sunday, October 2 to raise much-needed funds for the charity. She will commence the fundraising trek to Carrickfergus Castle from Whiteabbey Royal British Legion.
Before entering the Ultimate Beauty Of The World competition, Katlyn said she suffered from nerves, but has gained confidence since becoming involved in the pageant.
She said: “I entered Miss Northern Ireland a while back and my confidence wasn’t very good. I was afraid of talking on stage and got very nervous. I realised I needed time to get my confidence up before I entered any of those heats again. I entered the Ultimate Beauty Of The World about a month after the heat of Miss Northern Ireland because they were taking applications and I really wanted to become an Ultimate finalist. I have felt comfortable and enjoy it so much already, I can’t wait for the grand final.
“I couldn’t be more pleased to be representing Co Antrim and be the current term Ultimate of Co Antrim.”